Monday, August 29, 2011

Dad's Visit

Dad was in town for business so we met him at a the local favorite pizza place, Oregano's. (I'm not sure if you can read the staff's t-shirt, but it says: "Make Marinara Legal".) We got there at 5, and we were told there was a 30 minute wait. But I was smart enough to say we would take first available, even though that meant eating outside in the 110 degree heat. They had the misters and fans going, so it was pretty comfortable. We got seated in about 5 minutes.

Dad and I will meet again for dinner tonight after my class ends at 7pm. I am taking him to my new favorite place, Fez.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Zac Update

The vet called today and said that Zac is in the early stages of kidney disease and also most likely has hypothyroidism. We have a treatment plan which involves a new type of food and medication. If he responds well to treatment, she said he has a few more years in him.

On a side note, I don't think I have had such a through medical conversation with my own doctors. I was on the phone with her for 1/2 an hour going over all the intricacies of it all. I was very impressed.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

We had to take Zac to the vet today because he seems so sick. He is 17 years old. He has lost a lot of weight and just seems to be generally not feeling well. He had blood and urine drawn and is getting the "senior blood panel" done. We should know more tomorrow, but I have a feeling it will not be good news.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I Have My Uses

AJ is running for office at his middle school. He made these posters and he asked me if I could help.

This is a picture of one of the ones he did. AJ picked out a totally different color scheme for the ones I colored.

He explained that he would have asked his dad, but I was able to "color in the lines."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fun With Apps

The "Bro-stache"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Answer is NO

Apparently at circle time, Charlie told his friends that he wanted "two babies from Mommy".

That is not going to happen.

I fell for that line from AJ, and then this happened:

Just So You Know. . .

I am about to start an action research paper. The grading rubric is 16 pages.


A Portrait

Monday, August 15, 2011

Trumpet Pointers

Shawn use to play trumpet. And being the good dad that he is, he got AJ started on the basics. AJ seems to really like it so far and was even able to play a few notes by the end.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I Think This Bird Might Be Lost

I was working in the kitchen this morning and saw this bird. The picture is not great, but I have never seen another bird like it since we have lived here. (So basically, I am claiming that this is Arizona's version of the Yetti.) Anyway- it has a bright yellow breast, greenish feathers and a really long tail. It looked almost like a parrot. I am wondering if someone's pet has escaped.


Now that AJ is in middle school, one of the classes he can take is band. He has decided to play the trumpet. I have decided to drink more and be thankful that he did not choose the violin. I am also wishing we had room for a piano. Because even at its worst, piano doesn't sound that bad.

We went to the music store on Saturday to rent his instrument. He saw 3 of his classmates while he was there.

Shawn use to play the trumpet himself, so he showed the boys the special thing you have to do with your lips when you blow into the mouth piece. AJ didn't do too badly. But the funniest was when Charlie tried. He blew into the trumpet and made it sound like he had been playing the trumpet for years. He is a pretty good mimic, so I wasn't that surprised.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fun At The Fountain

Last Sunday, my friend Mary and I took her kids and Charlie to the fountain in town. AJ joined us later. It was a fun thing to do in AZ in August.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Charlie puckers up and tells me to kiss him. Then promptly shrieks: "EWWW! I kissed a girl!!"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

AJ's Computer Camp

I just realized I never posted pictures from AJ's computer camp at ASU this summer. He went to a week long overnight camp where he got to create his own computer game. He stayed in a dorm on campus and even had a horrible roommate! It was just like he was actually at college.

This picture is of Shawn playing the game AJ created.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Charlie's Note of The Day

Charlie drove the car around and gave tickets to speeding friends.

Friday, August 5, 2011


We are a HUGE Thomas the Tank Engine family. Two Christmases ago, a neighbor was moving and had 2 bins full of Thomas stuff she was selling. We got most pieces for a dollar each. For those of you who don't know, that is a huge savings. And the great thing about what we bought, was that the collection was about 10-15 years old. So, they had some trains in there that we had never seen.

Charlie plays with his trains a few times a week. And I have been looking for a train named "Charlie" since he became obsessed with them. Honestly, I thought it would be a lot easier. Thomas the Tank Engine is a British series and you can't get more British than the name Charlie. However, I didn't come across one until we were at Barnes and Noble the other day. I was VERY excited. If we ever give these trains away, I am sure we will keep this one. And maybe the Thomas one. And maybe the Gordon one. Who are we kidding? We are never getting rid of these trains. I like playing with them too much.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I Think She's Cold

AJ's Ohio Trip (Part 1)

Our good friends, Brittney, Brandon, Maddy and Lily, recently moved to Ohio. AJ and Maddy are the best of friends and it was hard for AJ when she left. As luck would have it, our family reunion was this summer, and also in Ohio. We decided that we would send AJ a few days early to visit with Maddy and family, and then he could meet up with my parents for the reunion. The biggest news was that it was AJ's first solo flight.

From all accounts, the visit went well. I don't have much to say about it since I wasn't there, but here are some pictures. Brittney was nice enough to take some portraits of AJ while he was there.

Thanks again to the Millers for having him. He had a great time!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Wasn't The Only One Who Got A New Haircut

We girls have to stick together.

On second thought, she looks ridiculous. If anyone asks, I've never seen her before.

Monday, August 1, 2011

‎"Don't share needles!" (overheard at the yarn store today)